The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Microsoft Solutions Architect featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 June 2016 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
29 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Solution Architect
Rank 622 607 613
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +6
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Solutions Architect 21 29 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.039% 0.052% 0.015%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.041% 0.055% 0.016%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 20 3
Median daily rate £475 £488 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.56% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £423 £450 £457
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £578 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £500 £440
% change year-on-year
-5.00% +13.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £40.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50855 53109 50264
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.69% 94.79% 94.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 33119 33427 30819
Median daily rate £425 £400 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £567 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £396 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.02% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1517 2011 2032
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.00 £38.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.14 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.42% -2.18%

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Microsoft Solutions Architect in the job title.

Microsoft Solutions Architect Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft Solutions Architect within the UK.

Microsoft Solutions Architect Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Solutions Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 29 June 2016.

Microsoft Solutions Architect Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Solutions Architect within the UK.

Microsoft Solutions Architect Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Top 21 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Solutions Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 29 June 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -14 21 £475 -2.56% 2
Yorkshire +7 5 £475 -
London -6 5 £600 +26.31% 2
Hertfordshire +17 4 - -
East of England +15 4 - -
North Yorkshire +6 3 £475 -
York +4 3 £475 -
Leeds +1 3 £475 -
South East -2 3 £475 -17.39%
West Yorkshire -9 3 £475 -
West Midlands - 3 £413 -
Birmingham - 2 £413 -
Surrey -6 1 £425 -
North West -15 1 £425 -10.52%
East Yorkshire - 1 £475 -
East Sussex - 1 £525 -
Berkshire - 1 £475 -
Hull - 1 £475 -
Wokingham - 1 £475 -
Selby - 1 £475 -
Manchester - 1 £425 -

Microsoft Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 June 2016, Microsoft Solutions Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Microsoft Solutions Architect in the job title.

1 60 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 25 (41.67%) .NET
3 20 (33.33%) CRM
4 19 (31.67%) Dynamics CRM
5 18 (30.00%) MS Excel
6 14 (23.33%) Finance
7 13 (21.67%) SaaS
7 13 (21.67%) PaaS
7 13 (21.67%) C#
7 13 (21.67%) IaaS
8 10 (16.67%) Information Governance
8 10 (16.67%) Service Delivery
8 10 (16.67%) NHS
8 10 (16.67%) Workflow
8 10 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
8 10 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
9 9 (15.00%) Technical Architecture
9 9 (15.00%) Agile Software Development
9 9 (15.00%) SharePoint
10 8 (13.33%) SOA
10 8 (13.33%) SQL Server
10 8 (13.33%) MVC
10 8 (13.33%) TOGAF
10 8 (13.33%) Open Source
11 7 (11.67%) BizTalk Server
12 6 (10.00%) Oracle
12 6 (10.00%) Windows
12 6 (10.00%) SQL
12 6 (10.00%) OO
12 6 (10.00%) Marketing

Microsoft Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 9 (15.00%) SharePoint
2 7 (11.67%) BizTalk Server
3 4 (6.67%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (1.67%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (1.67%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 18 (30.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.67%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 19 (31.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (8.33%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (6.67%) Oracle CRM
4 1 (1.67%) Aligne
4 1 (1.67%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (1.67%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 13 (21.67%) IaaS
1 13 (21.67%) PaaS
1 13 (21.67%) SaaS
2 10 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (10.00%) Office 365
4 2 (3.33%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (1.67%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.67%) Firewall
1 1 (1.67%) LDAP
1 1 (1.67%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (13.33%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.33%) RDBMS
2 2 (3.33%) Relational Database
2 2 (3.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (3.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.67%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.67%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.67%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.67%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 10 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (3.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 14 (23.33%) Finance
2 6 (10.00%) Marketing
3 2 (3.33%) Banking
3 2 (3.33%) Retail
4 1 (1.67%) Advertising
4 1 (1.67%) French Language
4 1 (1.67%) Games
4 1 (1.67%) German Language
4 1 (1.67%) Italian Language
4 1 (1.67%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (41.67%) .NET
2 5 (8.33%) .NET Framework
3 2 (3.33%) CSS
3 2 (3.33%) HTML
3 2 (3.33%) HTML5
3 2 (3.33%) jQuery
3 2 (3.33%) REST
3 2 (3.33%) SOAP
3 2 (3.33%) XML
4 1 (1.67%) Java EE
4 1 (1.67%) WCF
4 1 (1.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 10 (16.67%) NHS
2 4 (6.67%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (5.00%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.67%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.67%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.67%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.67%) Data Integration
4 1 (1.67%) Enterprise Storage
4 1 (1.67%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (1.67%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.67%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 6 (10.00%) Windows
2 4 (6.67%) Windows Server
3 2 (3.33%) Android
3 2 (3.33%) Apple iOS
3 2 (3.33%) Linux
3 2 (3.33%) Windows Phone
4 1 (1.67%) Unix
4 1 (1.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (33.33%) CRM
2 10 (16.67%) Information Governance
2 10 (16.67%) Service Delivery
2 10 (16.67%) Workflow
3 9 (15.00%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (15.00%) Technical Architecture
4 8 (13.33%) MVC
4 8 (13.33%) Open Source
4 8 (13.33%) SOA
4 8 (13.33%) TOGAF
5 6 (10.00%) OO
5 6 (10.00%) Zachman Framework
6 5 (8.33%) Enterprise Architecture
7 4 (6.67%) BPR
7 4 (6.67%) Case Management
7 4 (6.67%) Configuration Management
7 4 (6.67%) Microservices
7 4 (6.67%) Project Management
7 4 (6.67%) Software Deployment
8 3 (5.00%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 13 (21.67%) C#
2 6 (10.00%) SQL
3 4 (6.67%) JavaScript
4 3 (5.00%) Java
5 2 (3.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 1 (1.67%) Degree
1 1 (1.67%) DV Cleared
1 1 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
1 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (1.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.00%) QA
2 1 (1.67%) COBIT
2 1 (1.67%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.67%) Solvency II
System Software
1 2 (3.33%) Active Directory
1 2 (3.33%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (1.67%) DFS Replication
2 1 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (1.67%) Xen
Systems Management
1 4 (6.67%) Opscode Chef
1 4 (6.67%) Puppet
2 1 (1.67%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 1 (1.67%) SCCM
Vendors
1 60 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (10.00%) Oracle
3 1 (1.67%) Citrix
3 1 (1.67%) IBM